Walking in nature is one of the best exercises you can do for your body, mind and spirit. Walking in nature soothes the soul and and clears the mind. Bath in the beauty of Mother Nature and be thankful. Here are three tips to make your experience even better. Make it more of a full body workout by moving your arms and shoulders in different directions while you walk. Vary your stride several times during your walk to engage different leg muscles and to challenge yourself. Buy a pair of minimalist shoes to enhance your stability and posture. My favorite minimalist shoes are Xero Shoes!
The following article is from Physiomed.
Walking in Nature Kills Your Stress
Did you know that getting out into nature can decrease stress levels and mental health problems by 50% and offer powerful immune system-boosting benefits? Or in other words, spending close to 2 hours in nature for two days in a row can boost the efficiency of cells that fight diseases by 50%!
Walking offers many health benefits, but walking in nature has been shown to offer much more. If you are under a lot of stress or suffer from anxiety or depression, nature may just be the cure. Physiomed takes a multidisciplinary approach to care. Their skilled health practitioners recognize that patients have improved health outcomes when they are offered several different therapies. These days, many doctors often prescribe nature walks to their patients. Dr. Robert Zarr in Washington, for example, prescribes nature walks to his patients, along with instructions that tell patients how long to stay there and how often. There are now 150 other similar community health initiatives like this one. In Japan, there is a practice called shinrin-yoko or Japanese forest bathing, which has been a part of their national public health program since the early 80s. Take a look at the infographic below for more data.